I Ching The Book of Changes I Ching The Book of Changes For countless centuries emperor and peasant, scholar and unlearned alike have sought to understand the time- less wisdom and eerie divina- tions of the I Ching, translated, the Book of Changes. Using the simple tools of three coins, one can seek insight from the I Ching regarding whatever question is on one's heart. Using the I Ching The Question There is a question burning in your heart and mind. Think about it and then write it down, privately, on a piece of paper. Writing the question down helps you to focus on the precise subject being asked about, thereby avoiding ambi- guity. Be sure to word your question so that it requires a commentary type of answer... i.e., do not ask a question that requires a 'yes' or 'no' answer. For example, ask "What if..." or "What is this all about...?" Casting the Coins With your mind focused on the question you've written down, gather three coins of the same size into your hands, shake them until they are ran- domly arranged in your hand, then cast them gently upon the table in front of you. Notice how the coins have landed with either 'heads' or 'tails' facing up. Building a Trigram Match the 'heads or tails' pattern of the cast coins with one of the 4 patterns shown in the following table. Make note of the associated line form next to the matched pattern and write it down. (Note that if you cast three- of-a-kind, the line form will have a dot after it). Repeat this coin casting process 2 more times, each time placing the next line form on top of the previous one* Having done this 3 times, you will have a 3 line figure known as a trigram. Example trigram 3rd cast -* mmmb mnh 2nd cast — ► hmm^h • 1st cast — ► aw Building a Hexagram You need to create 2 trigrams to make a full hex- agram. So, create a second trigram using the same process above. When done you will have created a hexagram consisting of a lower trigram (the first one) and an upper trigram (the second one). Example hexagram 6th cast -* — — Upper 5th cast -> trigram 4th CaSt _* HBH BUM 3rd cast: - * mmmmm L ower 2nd cast: -+ • trigram 1st cast — * w— Finding the Hexagram Cross reference the lower trigram with the upper trigram using the chart below. For the moment, ignore any dots that may appear beside any of the line forms. Make note of the hexagram number that the two triprams form L 1 1 d L I! Iv- IVY \J LI i cl Ul 1 IJ 1 \_/ 1111, and turn to the page with that number. lower HEAVEN THUNDER WATER HOUNTAW EARTH W*HO FIRE LAK1 HEAVEN 1 34 5 26 11 9 14 43 THURYMM 25 51 3 27 24 42 21 17 WATER 6 40 29 4 7 59 64 47 33 62 39 52 15 53 56 31 EARTH 12 16 8 23 2 20 35 45 wmo 44 32 48 18 46 57 50 28 r;'.c 13 55 63 22 36 37 30 49 LAKE 10 54 60 41 19 61 38 58 Interpreting the Hexagram The hexagram you have created contains words of insight pertaining to your question. Seek to apply the words you're given to the question you asked, in a sin- cere and introspective way. Suspend preconceptions that may cloud your vision regard- ing the subject under consid- eration. Your intuition will confirm whether or not you have been enlightened. Sometimes you may not understand the full meaning of your hexagram, as it relates to the question you asked. Whether or not so, be certain that the question you asked is the question that is truly the one most on your mind at the time you cast the coins. Since the pattern of the falling coins is determined, in part, by the cosmic vibrations emanating from your mind, it is possible for the I Ching to answer the question that is really on your mind and not the one you wrote down, if the two are not the same. If your Hexagram contains any 'Dotted' line forms You may have cast one or more "three-of-a-kind" pat- terns (3-heads or 3-tails), resulting in a 'dotted' line form in your hexagram. If so, there remains further informa- tion for you from the 1 Ching. The dotted line means that your hexagram is soon to undergo a change. To learn how it is going to change, you must transform the current hexagram into its future form. You do this by converting the dotted line forms into their opposite forms, that is solid lines become dashed lines and dashed lines become solid lines. For example... First Hexagam Second Hexagam changing to ... 6th cast 5th cast 4th cast 3rd cast 2nd cast 1st cast Using the procedure described above, look up the meaning of the second hexagram, realizing that this second hexagram is predict- ing a likely future condition regarding the question that you've asked. v Hexagram 1 : Heaven above Heaven below. Yielding. The universe is united 2 in power. So too the 5 wise person executes — his actions with power and creativity. Excep- tional progress comes by correct persistence. Hexagram 2: Earth above, Earth below. Yielding. The receptive earth is jjj in power. The wise 555 555 person follows the natural path of calm- ness and correct per- sistence. Others may lead while you support their goals. Hexagram 3: Water above, Thunder below. Confusion. Thunderclouds indicate profound disquiet. Un- dertake no distant goal, but organize support. Concern yourself with the problems of the moment. Hexagram 4: Mountain above, Water below. Inexperience. As spring water col- lects at the base of the quiet mountain, the en- lightened person finds his level through learn- ing, decisiveness, and correct persistence. Hexagram 5: Water above, Heaven below. Waiting. Clouds of anxiety rise. Do not be anx- ious, but wait with confidence. The mo- ment will arrive when correct persistence brings progress. Hexagram 6: Heaven above, Water below. Conflict Heaven and water, strength and profun- dity, conflict. Avoid confrontation, yield with caution, persist not against obstacles. I Hexagram 7: Earth above, Water below. Cooperation. JES The receptive earth SSS SS holds the water, and the "™ wise person will find strength in the company of many fellows. With leadership there will be correct persistence and good fortune. Hexagram 8: Water above, Earth below. Unity. The receptive earth SS beneath, with profundity wmmm — afove, indicates the need for unity and col- lective awareness of the goal. Do not procrasti- nate. Join with others and return to the plan. Hexagram 9: Wina above, Heaven below. Restraint. The winds of gradual change, supported by the strength of Heaven, show that restraint brings progress and sat- isfaction. Make minor changes and conceal all actions. Hexagram 10: Heaven above, Lake below. Correct conduct. The excessive beneath, the strong above. Dis- ^^^55 criminate between the inferior and superior to achieve progress. Change gives way to stability. Hexagram 11: Eartn above, Heaven below Prosperity, The strength of Heaven mingles with the recep- tive earth. The wise leader benefits from this harmony. Good fortune approaches. Hexagram 12: Heaven above, Earth below. Stagnation. The strong and the receptive do not meet. Strong persons give way to the inferior. The enlightened per- son remains reserved to avoid misfortune. No advantage in persistence. Hexagram 13: Heaven above, Fire below. Community. Strength of heaven, dependence of fire. Recognize the depend- ence of ail upon their fellows. The wise person seeks the collective flow to gain advantage. Hexagram 14: Fire above, Heaven below. Sovereignty. The strength of heaven holds a fiery intelli- gence, the maker of an enlightened ruler. Resist evil; exalt good. Proper Leadership brings great progress. Hexagram 15: Earth above, Mountain below. Moderation. SSI The tranquil mountain amid the receptive earth indicates great progress through the reduction of excess. Progress comes by equality of extremes. Hexagram 16: Thunoer above, Earth below. Harmony From the receptive earth comes the loud thunder. So from har- mony with supporters does the wise person gain advantage. Hexagram 1 7: Lake above, Thunder below. Flexibility. In the midst of excess, growth and 55 persistence produces progress. The enlight- ened person adapts, and leads the way from darkness to comfort. Hexagram 18: Mountain above, Wind below. Repair. Winds of gradual S^5S change wear away the SSSSS mountain. Cultivate "™ action in others to bring about repair and great progress. If starting, meditate on the future.